After a night at 'bamboo backpacker hostel' (Nadi), while everyone else was getting ready for a trip to a paradisiac island, I was craving for a more wild adventure. I hopped in the bus going north... From Lautoka, I then started to hitchhike toward Abaca, inland remote village, part of the Koroyanitu National Park.
A young fijian guy picked me up for a few kilometers. He convinced me to not hitchhike on this barely used road and offered me to ask a taxi driver for a rate.
While I was hiding in his car (so I wouldnt get a tourist price), the taxi driver explained him that nobody wanted to brake their car on this bad road. It would then cost me thirty dollars.
I did not regret accepting it, when, after half an hour drive on this rough dirt road, crossing two rivers, I arrived in this lovely farmers village. Maria welcomed me and showed me the way to mount Batilamu, also called the 'head of the sleeping giant'.
After a couple of hours of hiking, unfortunately under a very cloudy weather, I reached the summit. Up there, as an opening curtain before the show starts, the fog cleared up and let me admire an amazing view : green valleys, rocky mountains and further away, the city of Nadi I had left in the morning.